5. Paget illustration recreation
This. Need I explain? Pretty good tableau, ain’t it?
4. Ricoletti and his abominable wife
…is just one of many all-too-brief mentions of unwritten cases Watson gives us throughout the Doyle canon. Other eps in the series have mentioned some of them, too, like the Aluminium Crutch, and the scene in ‘The Sign of Three’ when Sherlock opens the magical-looking matchbox.
3. Trying to find a second corpse in the grave
One Doyle story I still hope Mofftiss adapt for Sherlock is ‘The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax,’ a chilling tale of abduction and a pair of smiling villains that nearly get away with murder. In the story, (SPOILERS) Holmes is certain this nasty couple has kidnapped Lady Carfax and are planning on burying her along with a real funeral. He exhumes the corpse, only to find a very old, dead woman. Then inspiration strikes and he goes deeper into the oversized coffin to find Lady Carfax chloroformed inside. Brr. Creepy….
2. John Clay
Tim McInnerny, who played John Clay in Granada’s ‘The Red-Headed League’ appears here as a completely different character, Sir Eustace Carmichael (this nerd was still happy to find him back in a Sherlockian land). Tim Barlow, who played a Russian Count with catalepsy (SPOILER: the character’s not really a Russian count and doesn’t really have catalepsy) in Granada’s ‘Resident Patient’ also plays Wilder here (the attendant at the Diogenes Club). Extra Easter egg: the character Wilder was no doubt named after the director of one of Mofftiss’ favorite Sherlockian movies, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, directed by Billy Wilder.
This mysterious name shows up on Mycroft’s little notebook full of scribbles. See it there, right under the reference to Redbeard? In Doyle, Vernet is the name of the French artist who is a relative of Sherlock’s. Verner (an alternate spelling) is the name of the man that buys out Watson’s practice, so he can then move back into Baker Street with his friend. Turns out Verner, too, was a distant relative of Holmes, and it was Holmes himself who set up the sale.
Did you spot an easter egg we didn’t? Let us know in the comments!